By Jim & Tony Nordland

     Second-ranked Nebraska (14-2) defeated #16 Hofstra (13-8), 25-10, before 780 fans at the David S. Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, NY. The dual started at 157 pounds and saw the Pride's Jonny Bonilla Bowman (15-11) and the Cornhusker's Chris Oliver involved in a wild bout. Oliver scored quickly with a strong double and after a Bowman escape, scored another takedown for a short-lived, 4-1 lead. Bowman started an onslaught of takedowns, as he scored with a low single, then a slick ankle pick, followed by a series of single leg takedowns. As the match unfolded, Bowman traded escapes for takedowns and put on a takedown clinic, and tallied 14 takedowns in the match to post an ubelievable 33-17 tech fall and give the host team a 4-0 lead. Nebraska would then win six consecutive bouts for a 21-4 lead. At 174 pounds, Alton Lucas (22-4), currently ranked sixth in the nation, squared off with fifth-ranked Brandon Browne. Lucas scored quickly with his patented duck under ,but Browne rallied and scored with a double leg takedown with 30 seconds remaining in the bout for a close 8-6 decision. The Cornhusker's defending NCAA champion Paul Donahue (17-3) used a stepover off a scramble to catch Pride's Dave Tomasette (28-7) on his back for a pivotal five-point move and posted an 11-5 verdict at 125 pounds. The Pride would win two of the three remaining bouts, as Lou Ruggirello (31-5), ranked sixth, blanked Kenny Jordan, 6-0, at 133 to bring the team score to 21-7 in favor of Nebraska. Returning All-American Charles Griffin (30-3) had a close match with Mike Rowe, as the match was knotted at 1-1 midway in the third period. Following a low single shot by Griffin and a 45 second scramble, Griffin emerged with the takedown and came away with a 3-1 victory. At 149 pounds, Nebraska's Jordan Burroughs used his precarious double leg takedowns against the Pride's tough Mitch Smith and recorded a 17-9 major decision to conclude the dual meet.

   The Pride and the Cornhuskers met for the sixth time and Nebraska now holds a 5-1 advantage. The Pride defeated Nebraska, 32-6, at the 2007 NWCA National Duals. The technical fall at 157 pounds in today's dual was worth only four team points because there wasn't any near fall points in the bout. Next up for the Pride are the CAA Championships on March 7th-8th, which will be held at the David S. Mack Sports Complex.


125-Paul Donahue (Nebraska) dec. Dave Tomasette, 11-5.
133-Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) dec. Kenny Jordan, 6-0.
141-Charles Griffin (Hof) dec. Mike Rowe, 3-1.
149-Jordan Burroughs (Neb) major dec. Mitch Smith, 17-9.
157-Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Hof) tech.fall Chris Oliver, 33-17.
165-Stephen Dwyer (Neb) dec. Ryan Patrovich, 11-5.
174-Brandon Browne (Neb) dec. Alton Lucas, 8-6.
184-Vince Jones (Neb) pinned Justin Danz, 5:58.
197-Craig Brester (Neb) dec. Joe Rovelli, 10-3.
285-Jon May (Neb) dec. Tom Daddino, 6-3
Hofstra's Jonny Bonilla-Bowman scoring one of his fourteen takedowns on Nebraska's Chris Oliver enroute to a 33-17 win at 157 pounds.
Paul Donahoe (Nebraska)
Lou Ruggirello